DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who was convicted of growing marijuana is heading to Oregon to purchase the drug legally.
Benton Mackenzie is a 48-year-old terminal cancer patient who was convicted earlier this month of growing 71 marijuana plants in his rural Scott County home. His wife Loretta was also convicted.
The Quad-City Times reports (http://bit.ly/1k9ZPzv ) the pair is traveling to Oregon with cash that was donated by family and friends.
He previously met with an Oregon doctor to apply for and receive a medical cannabis card. Mackenzie will be able to purchase and consume marijuana while in Oregon, but he cannot bring the drug back to Iowa with him.
Oregon passed a medical marijuana law in 1998.
The Mackenzies await sentencing in Scott County District Court.
Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com